24 May 2005
Mediterranean Shipping Company (HK and China) Limited (MSC) and ShipServ have signed a contract for their Hong Kong managed fleet of 83 vessels to use ShipServ’s web-based trading platform and electronic ship supply management solutions, to manage their procurement processes, both on shore and on board.
MSC is one of the largest owners / operators of container ships in the world, with some 295 container ships. Headquartered in Geneva, they have offices around the world and apart from their Hong Kong operation, have their own in-house ship management operations in Cyprus and Sorrento.
Mr Kevin Schellack, Managing Director of MSC (Hong Kong and China) had been tasked with bringing the ship management of 83 ships in-house to be based in Hong Kong.
Once the decision to establish ship management in Hong Kong was made, Mr Schellack decided that starting from scratch allowed him to fully utilize e-commerce and he was quick to look for and decide on a total suite of e-commerce solutions. As Mr Schellack was quick to point out: “The right systems to back the right people.”
In line with this philosophy, Mr Schellack was instrumental in ensuring that the deal between MSC and ShipServ was signed in five days.
Paul Ostergaard, CEO of ShipServ said: “We thank MSC for their decision to use ShipServ and congratulate them on their foresight of seeing the benefits which ecommerce can bring to their whole ship management operation.
“We are confident that this new model (as envisaged by MSC) with a decisive attitude to embracing e-commerce in general and the new technology to support management systems, will become a blueprint for the other ship management organizations, in the not too distant future.”